Emerson Model 126 Bakelite Radio (1936)
The Emerson model 126 4-tube+Ballast receiver from 1936 covers the broadcast band from
540-1650kc. It uses the U4B tuned-radio-frequency (TRF) chassis, with tube line-up
comprising:- 6D6 (RF amp), 6C6 (biased detector), 43 (AF power amp), 25Z5 (rectifier). The
ballast tube is of type 2VR-215.
The radio came with a moulded rear cover as shown in the photo below. The original purchase
price was around $14.95.
This set is often confused with the model BA-199 of 1938. A side-by-side comparison of these
two sets is given here. It can be seen that there are subtle stylistic differences between the
cabinets. Emerson often re-used their cabinets in subsequent model years with just upgrades
to the electronics, so the subtle changes between the 126 and BA-199 are curious.
...with Harmonized Unit Construction for uniform reception of American standard broadcasts..